Hi, my name is Shivaali Vanshika. I was born and brought up in Rakiraki, Fiji. In 2018 I was awarded the prestigious Australia Awards Scholarship to study podiatry at Central Queensland University.Continue reading From Fiji to Rockhampton – how the Australia Awards Scholarship changed my life
International student, Baljinnyam Davaajav (Bella, in short) comes from Mongolia with a background in HR Management.
She began her studies at CQUniversity Sydney campus in 2015 to study English through the CQUEnglish Language Centre and later enrolled in the Master of Human Resource Management, which she has recently completed.
We chat to Bella to find out more about her studies, advice she can provide to prospective international students and her experience at CQUniversity.
About 18 months ago I decided to start a new life in Melbourne, Australia. I decided that I needed to study further in order to reach my full potential and land that dream job. My parents were supportive of my decision, and my friends were absolutely thrilled; most of my friends are scattered all over the world – “You’ll love it, living on your own!” they said, however, I wasn’t fully convinced.
I have had the pleasure of studying in both Melbourne and Sydney, one of the perks of studying at CQUni. I lived in Sydney first and moved to Melbourne last March. After I moved here, lots of people asked me what are the differences between Sydney and Melbourne. So as an international student, coming from China, here are my comparisons.
This time of the year is very busy for students with assignments due. However, you should make time to relax and experience student life. It’s not all about study!
In western countries, afternoon tea is really popular and the tradition is quite different from that in my home country of China. In China, people prefer doing business and chatting through meal. However, here in Australia most of people here go to a cafe to enjoy a cup of coffee or a dessert. I really enjoy this kind of lifestyle and have gradually become used to drinking coffee to refresh myself at the start of the day.
Hanging around Melbourne central business district (CBD) is one of my favourite things to do as I’m always discovering beautiful and amazing places. Recently, a group of us from CQUniversity Melbourne went on a guided city tour with our friendly host Ricardo. I must admit at first I wasn’t that excited as I thought I knew the city well but to my surprise it was really interesting seeing the city through other people’s eyes. Continue reading Exploring Melbourne’s Laneways
I came to Australia to study as an international student from my home country of Nepal. Like many of us, I started living on my own and although it was hard for me at the start I now feel awesome living an independent life. Here are some of my personal insights… Continue reading Enjoying Life Independently
Being in Melbourne, you will know winter is truly here but you haven’t been hibernating, right? Melbourne and its surrounding areas are made for winter! Continue reading Have you been hibernating this winter?
I’m currently studying on the Sydney campus, which is in the heart of the city. You can enjoy many sights and attractions during your student life in Sydney and at the campus. My favorites are listed below! Continue reading Sights and attractions near CQUniversity Sydney